Airplane! (1980)

Airplane! (1980, USA) C-88m. **½ D: Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker. Starring Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Peter Graves, Lorna Patterson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Abrahams, James Hong, Nicholas Pryor, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker. After a decade of disaster films, it was only a matter of time when AIRPORT spoofs like this were made. Gag-filled comedy details transatlantic flight with shell-shocked ex-pilot Hays trying to win back stewardess Hagerty's affection. The only problem may be the fish that was served for dinner… Contains some funny, laugh-out-loud bits but also more than its share of gratuitious gags and a few tasteless ones, like pilot Graves' fondness for little boys and a suffering girl who is waiting for an organ transplantation. Still, has achieved cult status over the years. Enjoy in company. Good score by Elmer Bernstein. Followed by AIRPLANE II: THE SEQUEL (1982).


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